Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ryland's 4th Birthday Party - Dinosaurs!

Ry's 4th birthday was of epic proportions!  We decided to have his party at the Dino Park; which came complete with giant dinos, sand fossil pits, playscapes and a scavenger hunt.  Words can not describe how ecstatic Ry was to celebrate with friends, family and prehistoric creatures.  The entire day he was running around with a huge smile on his face, dragging his friends from place to place to show them the dinosaurs. 

Below is a snap shot of his birthday evite.-

Ryland is turning FOUR!

It's a prehistoric adventure you won't want to miss.
Let's party with a stegosaurus, velociraptor and even a t-rex!

Please RSVP to the excavation supervisors - Prehistoric parents Christina and Jonathan.

  • We will go on a scavenger hunt at 11:15 am (please try and arrive by 11am).
  • Pizza and drinks will be provided for lunch around noon (12pm), after the scavenger hunt.
  • Followed by cake and playtime (fossil dig, playgrounds, fun!)
  • We have tables reserved from 10:30-1:30pm (under the pavilion), everyone is welcome to stay and play at the park as long as you want!

The morning started out early with Ry waking us up at 6:30 in the morning.  As he came downstairs he immediately saw the balloons by the fireplace and then his gift.  He loved everything; the dino balloons, the construction puzzle, the enormous plush dragon and the bubble wrap.  What kid doesn't love bubble wrap??  Check out our fancy wrapping skills too...there's a nice xmas green bow right on top of the cardboard box.  :P

Happy boy - yes those are xmas pj's in April...

bubble wrap excitement
After his gifts we ate a quick breakfast and then daddy and Ry were out the door for Ry's soccer game at 8:30am!  I stayed home with Carsyn so we could finish getting ready for the party.  As soon as daddy and Ry returned, we immediately had to jump back in the car and head to the Dino Park.  Unfortunately the T-Rex balloon we purchased was defective and died a horrible and deflated death.  Thankfully Opa and Juju were there to take it back to Party City for a free replacement (24 warranty, I made sure to check on that when I purchased the balloons).  Saved!

We arrived at the park at 10:45 and began setting up under the pavilion, guests began to arrive by 11am.  Our location was perfect, everything was right by the tables and there were tons of trees for shade.  Our guests played on the playscapes until every arrived for the scavenger hunt.  On the hunt we saw some awesome dinosaurs, eggs and fossils.  The kids were so excited they were ran from spot to spot trying to be the first to discover a new creature.  After the hunt the kids played to their hearts content with the fossil sand pits and playscapes.  Double Daves pizza arrived right at noon and we followed it up with birthday cake.  The favors were a big hit with the kids as well, they loved those masks!

pavilion and playscape
Dino cupcakes and the 3D dino cake I made for Ry
herbivore snacks - veggies, fruits
and Dino toenails - bugles
table for drinks and eventually Double Daves pizza
Favors - dino mugs stuffed with dino tattoos and 2"dino toys, plus dino masks!
They're stumped
Ry in a T-Rex head
Ready for the scavenger hunt - at the beginning of the trail
great group
One of the many dinos we saw during the scavenger hunt
They lovedthe baby dino
Carsyn hitches a ride with daddy
dino egg nest
looking at prehistoric bugs
racing to the next dino
Watch out for that carnivore!
I love how they are point up to the brachiosaurus
The giant brachiosaurus
on the move - our own herd
digging for fossils
sand pits
Pizza has arrived!
enjoying lunch
Time for cake!
Happy Birthday to you
Happy Birthday to Ryland!
Make a wish!
cutting the cake
nom nom nom
Dinosaurs roamed freely
grrrr, I eat dinos!
opening Nana's gift
Carsyn climbs all by herself
plum tuckered out
Birthday boy and mommy - about to open gifts
The kids had a blast and thankfully the weather held out as it was supposed to be storming the entire day.  I asked Ry what he wanted for his birthday and he said sugar and candles.  I think we surpassed  his expectations.  :)   We waited until we were back at home to open gifts, Ry was super excited with everything he received.  A big thank you to everyone who came out and celebrated Ryland's 4th birthday with us.  

My Pinterest site contains links to all the party items below.
Party City:  T-Rex balloon bouquet and dino weight, dino cupcake kit, toy dinos (favor), dino tattoos (favor), candles.  Did you know you can order items online in the store for free delivery!!!
Oriental Trading Co:  dino masks (favor), dino cups (favor), plates/cups/napkins/tablecloths party set.
Michael's: Moldable fondant for the spikes on the dino cake

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